Sunday, October 13, 2013

The beautiful sculptures of Daniel de la Cruz and a wonderful afternoon at Dr. Cuanan's Pinto Gallery



Today started out with a very nice family lunch cooked by my cousin

The food was really good and I wish I could have stayed longer -- especially for that excellent roast chicken.



I so regret not eating more of it now.

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A BEAUTIFUL EXHIBIT OF SCULPTURE

Unfortunately, I committed to attending the opening of the one-man show of my good and very old friend, the sculptor Daniel de la Cruz, and two of the guests of honor were riding to the venue with me.

It was far from unfortunate, of course.

With Singapore Ambassador and Madame VP Hirubalan,
amd US Ambassador Harry Thomas. 

What an enjoyable afternoon it was, linking up with friends and acquaintances from everywhere, and enjoying Daniel's wonderful works of art in such a lovely setting.

I even bumped into four people who had joined our Travelife Tour of Turkey three years ago.

I WISH I HAD ONE OF THESE



Daniel's scultpures are highly-collectible, and his legions of collectors come from all sectors of society.

I wish I could say that I owned one myself, but I still have to get myself one of his works. I really like them, but everything has a place in a Travelife budget....

THE PERFECT VENUE



His one-man show was held at the Pinto Gallery in Antipolo, and the gathering was like a who's who from all sectors of Philippine society.

MY DOCTOR OWNS PINTO GALLERY

Dr. Joven Cuanan with Richard and Lucy Gomez

Pinto Gallery, by the way, is owned by Dr. Joven Cuanan, chief physician at St. Luke's Hospital, both for the hospital in Quezon City and in Makati.

He is a great art collector and an art supporter, and this is why St. Luke's at the Fort is filled with so many lovely artworks.



He happens to be my attending physician at St. Luke's as well --most people need one main doctor to be in charge of you at St. Luke's, and he happens to be mine.

In fact, when he saw me today, the first thing he said was: "The last time I saw you, you were lying on a hospital bed."

It was true. I had gone in for a check-up on something, and Dr. Cuanan and his team had taken very good care of me.

A STELLAR CAST OF RIBBON CUTTERS

With Governor and Mrs. Alvarez of Palawan, Speaker Sonny Belmonte,
Madame Mano Hirubalan of Singapore, Ambassador Bill Tweddell of Australia

Meanwhile, the cast of ribbon cutters could not have been any more prestigious.

In fact, in his opening remarks, Daniel quipped: "The very impressive roster of ribbon cutters opening my exhibit today really make me look much better than I actually am."



That's not true at all, because his sculptures are truly mesmerizing. But everyone laughed anyway.

I was responsible for getting three of the guests of honor to the venue on time, and everything turned out exactly as planned.

ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON AT PINTO GALLERY

The unusual ribbon to be cut

After the ribbon was cut -- it wasn't really a ribbon, by the way, but a beautiful garland of plants and flowers picked from Dr. Cuanan's own garden -- we all spent a very relaxing few hours looking through the exhibit, as well as the other artworks Dr. Cuanan had on display.

Pinto Gallery is a sprawling property and every single corner is eye candy for an art lover.

I was so tempted to pick up a piece or two, but my budget for art is on the back burner for a while.



TOO MUCH ART. TOO LITTLE WALLS.

Besides, I have no more walls for more large pieces unless I trade something in.

When people come over to my house, they always say they feel they're in an art gallery.

I don't know if that's good or bad, but I'm sure it means all my walls are filled with art.



Today, I walked around with an ambassador and his wife, shaking my head and saying: "It's official. I want a bigger house now." You just need a bigger house if you want lots of art in your life.

One of them said: "Careful what you wish for."

Bigger houses bring lots of headaches, as my friend Mr. Jaded always reminds me. He should know, as he has the house that can seat 500 people for dinner, in one of the nicest neigborhoods in the city.

I can't agree more. But I certainly can dream, can't I? 




TANZANIA IN A MATTER OF HOURS

And in the meantime, I have Tanzania coming up in less than 48 hours -- a wonderfully dreamy trip that we've planned down to the very last detail. 

It's a private and much-needed holiday, and I've chosen the very best places in the world to stay.

Everything has been reconfirmed about 5x as well -- to ensure that it's a trip done the seamless Travelife way, of course.

This is the Pacsafe theft-proof duffel luggage bag I'm bringing to Tanzania,
to work my around the 15 kilo limit on the charter flights to the safari lodges.

I honestly can't think of a trip I've prepared more for than this one, between trying to downsize my life into 15 kilos for the small charter flights, and bringing what practically amounts to a mini-hospital for us in case of any emergency.


LAUGHS INSTEAD OF A BLOOD PRESSURE KIT



I even packed a blood pressure kit. Who knows when you'll need to get your blood pressure taken in the middle of nowhere, after all?

But the Travel Companion just said: "Leave the BP machine at home. I'll make you laugh for two weeks straight that you won't even remember to take it out of the luggage."



It's true. I brought the BP machine along to South Africa with us for two weeks last year.

And I'd truly laughed so much during that trip that every single medication I brought along remained unneeded for the whole trip. The BP maching was simply excess baggage.

And then here we are again, on another never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. Sooner rather than later...




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